Idichakkai Thoran or Raw Jackfruit Sabzi
For our Tamil New Year, Vishu, we have a feast at home called saddya which means serving food on a banana leaf. The variety is enormous & once you are done eating, you are guaranteed to head for that long siesta. Since Jackfruit is in season during summers, we make a thoran or vegetable from the raw ones that is loaded with coconut & just too good to go along with a rasam (spiced tamarind based soup) & steamed rice with ghee / clarified butter.
Jackfruit is considered fruits of the future, a vegan, gluten free protein alternative to meat. It improves insulin sensitivity which is associated with sustainable weight loss and regulation of blood sugars. Jackfruit is low in fat & rich in fibre which helps reduce cholesterol level.
While buying jackfruit / phanas / kathal, ensure the same is tender & not hard. If it is hard, the vegetable will be difficult to digest.